Pat Shingleton: "2005-The Worst Season"
On the morning of Saturday, September 24, 2005 at 2:38, Hurricane Rita made landfall at Johnson's Bayou in Cameron Parish. The Category Three Hurricane posted winds of m.p.h. making it the fourth most intense Atlantic hurricane. Rita followed Katrina, causing damage in two cities on each end of our state. My column from September 23, 2005 noted, "For the first time in 25 years Gulf temperatures are above 90 degrees." The Saturday storm prompted the LSU Athletic Department to re-schedule the LSU-Tennessee game to a first-time Monday night contest. WBRZ Sports Director MIke Cauble noted, "It was Coach Les Miles' first home game with unbearable weather conditions." LSU led 21-0, losing in overtime in uncomfortable, muggy, steamy conditions.